Game Forty-Seven: Cubs (23-23) vs. Dodgers (34-15)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Ted Lilly (5-4, 3.77/1.10) vs. Chad Billingsley (6-2, 2.82/1.19)
Lou Piniella reportedly did not meet with the media for the first time this season following Thursday night’s loss…the Cubs have lost nine of eleven, is Piniella getting ready to blow? Something needs to be done before the 2009 Chicago Cubs turn into the 2008 Detroit Tigers.
Alan Trammell is working with Jake Fox at third. Fox has a great attitude and reportedly a great work ethic. While it might not always be pretty with Jake Fox, one thing is for sure he will always give 110%…
Ted Lilly will finally face the Dodgers today…eight months later than he anticipated last fall. The Cubs need another quality start out of ‘The Bulldog‘ who was fined $1,500 for arguing with Bob Davidson on Monday night. But more importantly it is about time the offense quit making excuses and start scoring runs on a consistent basis. Ted Lilly is coming off back-to-back losses…one where he did not receive any run support then a 7-2 defeat at the hands of San Diego last Sunday. Lilly struggled in the middle innings after a strong start. Lilly tied season-highs in runs allowed (five) and hits allowed (eight).
Lilly has pitched much better at Wrigley (3-1 in four starts with a 1.29 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP) than on the road (2-3 in five starts with a 6.14 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP)…but he has not faced a lineup quite like the Dodgers’ this season.
The Cubs’ number one southpaw must continue to limit his walks and make sure the home runs he allows today are just solo shots.
‘The Bulldog‘ is 2-0 in four career games, three starts, against the organization that drafted him with their 23rd round pick in 1996…with a 5.21 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. Lilly did not face the Dodgers last season…in 2007, 1-0 in two starts with a 5.73 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.
- Casey Blake – 4-for-21 with a double, a home run and 3 walks
- Andre Ethier – 0-for-5
- Rafael Furcal – 1-for-8 with a home run
- Orlando Hudson – 0-for-3
- Matt Kemp – 1-for-3
- James Loney – 0-for-3
- Mark Loretta – 6-for-21 with 2 doubles and 2 home runs
- Russell Martin – 1-for-1 with a walk
- Juan Pierre – 4-for-9 with 2 doubles
Chad Billingsley is quickly becoming one of the best pitchers in the league…that no one talks about. All Billingsley does is win games and was just about unhittable in April. Billingsley posted a 4-0 record in five starts with a 2.14 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP…opponents hit just .195 against him. Billingsley has come back down to earth…just a little.
Billingsley is 2-2 in his last five starts with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP…and his strikeout to walk ratio has dropped from nearly 3:1 (34 strikeouts, 12 walks) to almost 2:1 (35 strikeouts, 18 walks).
The Dodgers’ lone righty has not lost a game on the road this season. Billingsley is 2-0 in four starts outside of Dodger Stadium with a 1.63 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.
Today will be Billingsley’s third career start against the Cubs…he is 1-1 in the first two (four career games) with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. At Wrigley during the regular season, 0-1 in one game with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.
- Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-5 with a home run and a walk
- Derrek Lee – 1-for-6 with a home run and a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-8 with a walk
- Geovany Soto – 0-for-4 with a walk
- Ryan Theriot – 3-for-5 with a walk
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